About Bryan Swerling

EARLY LIFE

Originally from South Carolina, Mr. Swerling became interested in the law at a young age. His father, Jack Swerling, is considered to be one of the top trial lawyers in the world and is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers—an organization limited to only 500 lawyers worldwide. Spending many summers working in his father’s firm, Mr. Swerling found his father to be his greatest mentor and eventually discovered that he shared his father’s enthusiasm and passion for the law.

While at Syracuse University, Mr. Swerling began to lay the foundation for going to law school by majoring in Political Science and History. However, when he took a writing course and achieved the highest class honor, he was persuaded to move to Los Angeles for a summer to study screenwriting at UCLA’s prestigious film school.

HOLLYWOOD

Mr. Swerling’s short jaunt to Hollywood quickly turned into a career and over the next several years, his livelihood would entail working for some of the biggest names in show business including the former head of Fox Studios, John Davis, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez, and Bettina Viviano, one of Hollywood’s most well known literary managers.

Additionally, over the years, Mr. Swerling has worked for and studied under such notables as Ray Ruff, the former President of Curb Records; Denny Diante, the former head of A&R for MCA; Patrick Peach, the producer of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Project Greenlight; Paul Adler, the former head of ASCAP; and Martin Levin, the former President of the Times Mirror Publishing Group.

Throughout Mr. Swerling’s extensive production and development career he has been involved with film, television, and music projects such as:

  • From Dusk Till Dawn, written by Quentin Tarantino and Directed by Robert Rodriquez
  • Bombshell, starring Henry Thomas and Frank Whaley
  • Suicide Kings, starring Christopher Walken and Denis Leary
  • Three to Tango, starring Matthew Perry and Neve Campbell
  • Strange Hearts, starring Rose McGowan
  • 100 Kilos, starring Glenn Plummer
  • CBS’s sitcom Maggie Winters, starring Faith Ford
  • WB’s Movie Stars, starring Harry Hamlin and Jennifer Grant
  • T.G. Shepard’s album Nothin’ On But the Radio; and
  • Elvis Presley’s A Private Moment with the King

Creatively, during those years, Mr. Swerling, along with Jamie Rhonheimer, the current writer/producer of the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother co-authored The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Winning a Cold War, which was optioned for production by Colleen Camp Goldwyn, a producer at Paramount Pictures and subsequently by Alex Barder of Strategic Film Partners.

Mr. Swerling also authored and/or co-authored for producers:

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • To Russia For Love
  • The Weight
  • The Dean’s List
  • The Jimi Hendrix Story; and
  • Sexploitation

Mr. Swerling has also performed voice over work and acted in:

  • Suicide Kings; and
  • 100 Kilos

After several years in Los Angeles, Mr. Swerling, while producing a film with Bettina Viviano, became heavily involved in the legal aspects of the entertainment industry.  Finding himself once again fascinated by the law, he decided to pursue his Juris Doctorate back in New York.

LAW SCHOOL

While in law school, Mr. Swerling focused on studying various areas of entertainment law, while developing his trial advocacy and legal writing skills. He was ranked the best trial advocacy student in his class and was also a star member of the Moot Court Honors Team. Mr. Swerling wrote and argued papers on Fair Use, Joint Works of Authorship, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. He took copyright classes with the then head of business and legal affairs for ASCAP, the worldwide performing rights organization that represents hundreds of thousands of composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers, and learned book publishing law with the legendary book publisher who was responsible for Erica Jong’s best selling “Fear of Flying.”

After his first year of law school, Mr. Swerling attended law school in Florence, Italy where he studied Comparative Civil Practice and Comparative Constitutional Law with The Honorable Anthony Scirica, a Reagan appointee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

During the summer after his second year of law school, Mr. Swerling worked for the Queens County District Attorney’s Office where he wrote complex memorandum of law and studied criminal trial advocacy skills in the courtroom on a daily basis.

PUBLISHING AND MANAGEMENT

In his final year of law school, Mr. Swerling co-authored, along with David Wygant, the book, Always Talk to Strangers, which was published by Penguin/Putnam and to date has sold over 20,000 copies.

Mr. Swerling has just completed his novel World War Me about his time in law school in Italy and in the entertainment industry—publication is expected in 2012.

Additionally, over the years, Mr. Swerling has also managed the career of Mr. Wygant, one of the nation’s leading life success coaches and dating experts. Largely as a result of Swerling’s efforts, Wygant has been featured in over a hundred media outlets, including, but not limited to: Dateline NBC, MTV’s Made, and The New York Times.

LAW PRACTICE

After law school, Mr. Swerling was hired by two of New York’s most prominent litigators, one of whom was a former President of the New York State Trial Lawyer’s Association, the other referred to by the National Law Journal as one of America’s top 50 female litigators. Under their tutelage, Mr. Swerling worked on a wide variety of fascinating personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Such cases included, but were not limited to a doctor’s failure to diagnose breast cancer, a landlord’s liability to a sexually assaulted woman due to their building’s faulty security, and a nightclub owner’s liability to a patron who was assaulted by an intoxicated minor patron.

In 2005 Mr. Swerling opened his own law practice where he focuses mainly on litigation and entertainment law. Since 2005, Mr. Swerling has procured MILLIONS of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients from some of the biggest corporations in the world, several of his cases commanding local and national media attention.  Most recently, Mr. Swerling has been featured on TMZ.com and in the New York Post for representing a young woman accused of assaulting a former cast member of the hit show, Jersey Shore.

Mr. Swerling has successfully sued and obtained verdicts for his clients in the following areas:

  • Slip/Trip and Fall
  • Auto Accidents and Pedestrian Knockdowns
  • Assaults—Criminal
  • Assaults—Personal Injury
  • Construction Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Elevator Accidents
  • Premises Liability—Falling Fixtures
  • Municipal Liability
  • New York City Police Department and Department of Education Liability
  • Falling Box Cases
  • DWI’s
  • Drug Possession; and
  • Robbery

Mr. Swerling’s clients include, but are not limited to:

  • Fashion Models
  • Actors, authors, and screenwriters
  • Producers
  • Musicians
  • Judges
  • Physicians
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Business Executives
  • Security Personnel
  • Landowners
  • Bar Owners
  • Financial Planners
  • Attorneys
  • Police Officers; and
  • Social Workers

Mr. Swerling has co-authored lecture materials for the New York State Bar Association’s CLE Proving and Defending Damages at Trial: Effective Trial Techniques for Plaintiff’s and Defendant’s Counsel: What You Can (Cannot Say) About Damages in Opening and Closing Arguments.

Mr. Swerling is admitted to practice law in:

  • The State of New York
  • The United States Southern District
  • The United States Eastern District.

Mr. Swerling is a member of:

  • The American Bar Association
  • The New York State Bar Association
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • The New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The Queens County Bar Association
  • The Bronx County Bar Association; and
  • The Brooklyn Bar Association

In addition to being an attorney, Mr. Swerling is a licensed:

  • Real Estate Broker; and
  • Notary

Mr. Swerling holds a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from New York Law School.

As of 2011, Mr. Swerling has been featured for his career in entertainment, publishing, and law in over 100 publications worldwide, and has been featured on news both locally and nationally. Mr. Swerling continues to aggressively practice law and produce, develop, and write various and assorted media for the entertainment industry.  He regularly attends the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France with clients.